DeltaWing GT chassis 2

Το DeltaWing Technology Group και ο CEO του, Don Panoz αποκάλυψαν ότι εξελίσσουν ένα νέο, DeltaWing GT αγωνιστικό.

Το αγωνιστικό αυτό, θα αποκαλυφθεί αργότερα μέσα στην χρονιά και το όλο project στοχεύει στο να δείξει ότι ένα διθέσιο sportscar που βασίζεται στην φιλοσοφία και την αρχιτεκτονική του Deltawing μπορεί να έχει τις ίδιες επιδόσεις με “πολλά από τα σημερινά sports cars” αλλά με “σημαντικά μικρότερη ιπποδύναμη”.

DeltaWing GT chassis 4

Υπόψιν, πως το αγωνιστικό DeltaWing GT, είναι μόνο το πρώτο βήμα για το λανσάρισμα μίας street-legal έκδοσης αυτού του πολύ ιδιαίτερου αυτοκινήτου. Η εταιρία μάλιστα, αποκάλυψε ότι σύμφωνα με μία ανεξάρτητη μελέτη, ένα τετραθέσιο αυτοκίνητο που θα βασίζεται στο DeltaWing και θα κινείται από έναν 1400άρη βενζινοκινητήρα με 138 ίππους, θα καταναλώνει μόλις 3.2 λίτρα καυσίμου ανά 100 χιλιόμετρα εκτός πόλης και μόλις 4.1

Αυτό που θα έχει ενδιαφέρον να δούμε, είναι το πώς θα αντιδράσει η Nissan στο ενδεχόμενο λανσάρισμα ενός “πολιτικού” DeltaWing με δεδομένη την πρόθεση της να περάσει στην παραγωγή –κάποια στιγμή… μάλλον– το δικό της, BladeGlider. Έρχεται άλλο ένα δικαστικό θρίλερ με τους ίδιους πρωταγωνιστές;

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DELTAWING ANNOUNCES GT RACE CAR CONCEPT

DeltaWing Technology Group to design and build a DeltaWing® GT concept, expected to appear in 2015. Brian Willis, the newly appointed vice president, Engineering and Design, leads the project.

Sebring, Fla., March 20, 2015 – DeltaWing Technology Group, Inc. today revealed an exciting evolution of the DeltaWing Racing Cars program with its announcement that it will begin development of a DeltaWing® GT race car concept.

It will be designed to demonstrate that with far less horsepower than many of today’s best sports cars, a two-seat performance car based on the DeltaWing® architecture would deliver the same performance, yet with previously unimagined fuel economy and efficiency. Expected to appear in 2015, this new DeltaWing Racing Cars project is a major step toward a street-legal two-seat DeltaWing® sports car.

“This is an important point in the DeltaWing® project’s next phase,” said Don Panoz, DeltaWing Technology Group chairman and CEO. “We’ve been very busy leading up to this launch announcement, and we’ll remain quite busy coordinating the race car project’s many details.”

Brian Willis, DeltaWing Technologies’ newly appointed vice president, Engineering and Design, will lead this project. He also will lead a simultaneous and related project – development of two- and four-seat DeltaWing® road car prototypes for further development and real-world testing.

Willis is no stranger to Panoz and racing. His 27-year career includes stints as senior designer for Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd., director of engineering for Élan Technologies’ motorsports division, chief engineer for Panoz Motorsports, and technical director for Audi Sport Japan, winners of the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Team Goh Audi R8. Most recently, he was director of technical services for Multimatic Inc. in Canada.

This announcement does not impact the Claro/TracFone DeltaWing Racing Cars team or its racing efforts with the DWC13 Coupe, which competes in the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The DeltaWing® project’s roots are in racing, but the program has remained focused on its ‘raceway to driveway’ mission and has proven the architecture’s performance, efficiency and green technology through the original DeltaWing® Roadster and the Claro/TracFone DeltaWing Racing Cars DWC13 Coupe. The coupe competes with about half the weight and aerodynamic drag, half the horsepower, and half the fuel consumption while delivering the same performance.

The DeltaWing® design in the prototype roadster and coupe features a very narrow front track and conventional rear wheelbase. The result is a significant reduction in overall mass and weight coupled with an aerodynamic efficiency gain. The rear-engine layout and narrow track design provides a 30 percent/70 percent front-to-rear weight distribution, which allows engineers to use much smaller steering, braking, suspension, and other components up front to reduce overall mass and weight. Less mass and weight means less horsepower is needed to propel the vehicle, which in turn decreases fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Other benefits include reduced front tire and brake wear and less rolling resistance.

DELTAWING SHARES NEW ROAD CAR MPG FIGURES AND ANNOUNCES PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT

If available today, DeltaWing® road car would be America’s most fuel efficient automobile. Company launches two- and four-seat DeltaWing® prototype projects.

Sebring, Fla., March 20, 2015 – DeltaWing Technology Group, Inc. today released the results of an independent engineering analysis of a four-passenger road car concept based on the patented DeltaWing® narrow front track vehicle architecture that showed it would achieve an unadjusted EPA fuel economy rating of nearly 74 mpg Highway and over 57 mpg combined rating. If it was available today, those figures would not only make it America’s most fuel efficient internal combustion engine vehicle, it would meet the 2025 CAFE standard today.

Indeed, those ratings based on an internal combustion, 1.4-liter gasoline engine would make the DeltaWing® four-passenger model even more fuel efficient than all of today’s available hybrids.

Through a board-level relationship with the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), DeltaWing Technology Group recently commissioned Meszler Engineering Services to model fuel economy performance of a four-cylinder, 138-horsepower DeltaWing® four passenger automobile. Meszler’s proprietary computing model calculated from all available data points including weight, power, drag coefficient, frontal area, rolling resistance, and many more.

The efficiency and performance of the DeltaWing® vehicle architecture can be defined as a “green technology multi-tool.” The architecture can accept virtually any current or future transverse engine powertrain and deliver significant fuel savings and green benefits when compared to traditional vehicle designs. The DeltaWing® platform also can be fitted with all-electric or hybrid powertrains; today’s smaller and lighter high-efficiency gas, diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) engines; and even tomorrow’s hydrogen fuel cells. As a result, it can:

Reduce EV range anxiety and help put more EVs on the road, further reducing emissions and helping improve air quality

Further extend a diesel-powered vehicle’s already impressive range

Reduce emissions from gasoline-powered vehicles by up to 42 percent

And even extend the range of hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles

“I’m very pleased to see how this objective testing validates and even exceeds our initial estimates,” said Don Panoz, DeltaWing Technology Group chairman and CEO. “This key milestone allows us to immediately move forward with our plans to build prototype two- and four-seat DeltaWing® vehicles and begin real-world testing.”

Brian Willis, DeltaWing Technologies’ newly appointed vice president, Engineering and Design, will lead the development of two- and four-seat DeltaWing® road car prototypes, as well as the testing program

Willis is no stranger to Panoz and racing. His 27-year career includes stints as senior designer for Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd., director of engineering for Élan Technologies’ motorsports division, chief engineer for Panoz Motorsports, and technical director for Audi Sport Japan, winners of the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Team Goh Audi R8. Most recently, he was director of technical services for Multimatic Inc. in Canada.